Help Identify 1912 Monongahela Football Players

1912 Monongahela High School Football Team
1912 Monongahela High School Football Team. Four of the boys pictured died and one was injured within 8 years of this photo because of WW1 (click to enlarge)

A follower posted this picture on the Lost Monongahela Facebook page however she didn’t know the names of anybody in the picture.

I found the following article published in the October 5, 1912 edition of the Monongahela Republican that gives the last names of eleven of them:

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Charleroi players were heavier but we beat them with the quickness.

The twelve names listed in the article are Harold Wickerham, R. Wickerham, Kline, Gramley, Davison, Baderschneider, Borland, (Phil?) Scott, Albright, Carmack and Coatsworth. Other articles about the 2012 team also mention Guskea, Boyd and Gramley. I wonder if any descendants of the listed players follow Lost Monongahela. Let me know if you are able to match any of the names with faces in the photo.


What the heck is that in the background?

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**UPDATE** Additional info (from the Facebook Page “Growing Up In New Eagle” regarding a few of the players:

  • John Cornelius “Dutch” Gramley joined the Navy, survived the war and became a school teacher
  • Roy Wickerham became an electrical engineer for Westinghouse, an inventor and an author. He lived until 1980.
  • Wilbur Carmack and his family moved to Chico, CA immediately after graduation. He lived until 1977.
  • Robert Bingham Albright survived the war but died of complications after an appendectomy in 1932.
  • Engelbert “Bert” Badenschnieder attended Lehigh University and lived until 1945.
  • Lloyd Wood Borland survived the war, National Guard, and attended Pitt.
  • The coaches are Staib and Crane.
  • Coatsworth, Kline and Boyd were all killed in World War One.
  • Scott and Harold Wickerham were wounded in WW1. Wikerham died of injuries March 16, 1920.
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8 thoughts on “Help Identify 1912 Monongahela Football Players

  1. Keith Hugus February 28, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    The Hugus on that Charleroi team was my Uncle John Hugus. In March of 1916 he broke the AAU record for the high jump at 5 feet 11 inches. (Charleroi Mail – 3/30/16 – page 8)

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  2. Dan February 28, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    Thanks for your comment Keith. It’s great to know people are remembering these guys.

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  3. Beverly Lytle March 2, 2015 / 10:48 am

    If you enlarge this photo, you can see, just to the left of the goal post, a road across the river that can only be Riverhill Rd. My first guess for the cupola was St Paul’s Church, and the field was near where the Armory is, but the old steeple doesn’t match. Could it be the bell tower on Central School? Was there a field up 4th St on that bluff where Alexander St is?

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  4. Beverly Lytle March 2, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    Never mind that previous post. I think I found that cupola. It may be the St Anthony’s parish house on Park Ave. In 1912 it was probably the Church. This field would be on Park Ave and the houses in the background, Gee St and around Ashcraft Storage.

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  5. Beverly Lytle March 2, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    There was a Gregg (Street) Field. It is mentioned many times in the Daily Republican.

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  6. Dan March 2, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    Thanks Beverly, at first I thought the photo was taken up on Second street but you are correct that photo was taken along park avenue. I should have known that.
    Thanks for your help. The photo really had me stumped. Park Ave. has changed so much over the years.

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